I just wanted to share a website that I’ve been developing for the past two years. It’s called HSKlevel and allows you to test your Chinese level and vocabulary. You can take the test on www.hsklevel.com.
The test consists of 60 vocabulary questions like the one below. The questions automatically adapt to your level. You can choose simplified or traditional characters.
After completing the 60 questions (which takes ~5 minutes), you get your results:
- How many words you know
- How many characters your know
- How many words you know for each HSK 2.0 level, HSK 3.0 level and TOCFL level
- How much you can understand from different sources (movies, social media, literature, newspaper, blogs)
- Your progression if you take the test several times (see e.g. @Kelly-Mandarin-HSK_3 's impressive progression on this topic).
For now, the test is only about vocabulary testing and does not test your pronunciation or grammar. Note that this is a self-testing app, so you can take the test several times with several approaches: once for your active vocabulary and once for your passive vocabulary for example. The test is free but if you enjoy it and want to support the project, you can make a small donation.
My name’s François-Pierre (but you can just call me Pierre), I’m a French 26 year old engineer and I’ve been learning Chinese since I was 12. I started learning at school, but when I went to China in 2011 with my classmates and teacher, I realized that after 4 years of studying only at school my level was quite poor. So when I got back to France, I started to study Mandarin by myself and passed the HSK 4 a few months later. Then I started studying maths and physics at university and did not have much time nor motivation to study Chinese. But 3 years ago I started my PhD in artificial intelligence and while I wanted to get back to learning Chinese, I hadn’t studied any Chinese for so may years so I wanted to assess my current level. And that’s how I created this little test, that I’ve been developing and improving over the past years. I’m continuously improving the AI algorithm behind the test so that it becomes more and more precise in its estimation.
I’d be more than happy to read your comments and feedbacks about the test